Monday, August 22, 2011

Congratulations and Best Wishes to Bob Sturm

I'm almost never in my car during BaD Radio, but I was today when Bob announced that he would be taking an extended leave from the show to travel with his family to Honduras to see to the adoption of a five-year-old boy.  He estimated his absence at 4-6 weeks, but suggested that if the bureaucracy didn't work as expected it might be longer.

I'm sure I speak for The Nation in offering our heartiest congratulations and our hope that things go smoothly and safely. 

This represents a notable sacrifice for Bob in many respects, not the least of which is professional -- to be away from The Ticket during one of the most critical times of the sports year, and during a time when he usually assumes extra duties with the Cowboys pre-game.   By mentioning his on-air duties I don't wish to minimize the extraordinary personal undertaking -- a lifetime obligation -- that Bob and his entire family have signed on for.

The Ticket and Cumulus also deserve tremendous credit for allowing Bob this freedom.  Pretty damned cool.

Bob, would there were more like you.  Thanks for your and your loved ones' service to our collective humanity.  I'm sure that this decision will pay immense dividends in joy.

Keep us posted.

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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

I second that, Plainsman.

Wonder if they'll bring in a plus one for the duration? I have to say, a month or more of all Dan and Donnie doesn't sound too inviting.

The Plainsman said...

Anonymous, I have some piquant thoughts on just that topic, which I will share with you at a time of my choosing.

ap said...

Followill is tending bar for kicks at the moment. Can't think of anyone better.

ap said...

A followup on my above comment, from @MFollowill:

@ap_cdn you dont need to publicly lobby...I will be involved but the dates arent finalized yet. 'preciatecha

(link)

*Pats self on back*

Anonymous said...

Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Well said Plainsman. The Sturminator and his family certainly walk the walk.

Concerned Parent said...

Agreed that Dan and Donnie aren't good at carrying the show, at least for a long period of time.

Dan is my favorite part of BaD radio, but he's much better when he has Bob as his straight man.

I hope they experiment with letting TC having a little more airtime in Bob's presence.

Anonymous said...

TC? Why? What could he possibly have to offer? He's good, I guess, as far as his assignments go, but to make him a focal point? I think that's a bunk idea.

Little Weak Jeremy said...

I agree that BaD Radio is a finely mixed cocktail that really misses an absent host (I think it suffers even without Donovan, although he was a later edition)...I thought TC's segment about his apartment cockroaches was the actually the strongest thing that happened all week, last time one of the hosts was missing (not that Gracie the one-legged Stars fan was much to compete with).

Gypo Nolan said...

It'll mostly be Followill, Rhadigan and Doocy filling the Sturm void.

birq said...

TC actually has a lot to bring to the air, when he's given the chance. If he can get comfortable and is given a chance to speak, he's quite funny and actually a pretty strong personality.

Followill is great, but his over-laughing infects the other hosts and before long, everyone is over-laughing. I prefer BaD to be a little more deadpan that when he's on it. I love what he brings, except for that.

Anonymous said...

So many of you guys severely overrate the bit players. They're all real good at what they do, and maybe one day they will be ready for the big leagues, but not yet. Not by a longshot.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the last anonymous. If someone like Kevin Scott couldn't crack the ranks to a fulltime daytime host slot, then the idea of either a TC or a Jake making the jump is pretty far fetched. No matter how good they might be.

Little Weak Jeremy said...

Don't know if there will be a topic about Fight Night, but I just got back -- had a great time. The fights were exciting, especially the last two (Jess/Kat & Musers/Hardline (sorry don't know names)). A cheap way to spend an evening, too -- no cover charge! It was great to see all the Ticket guys in the flesh, and they were all very gracious about taking photos with P1s (didn't get any myself, but saw Norm, Dan, & Craig giving photo ops). I shook hands with Danny and spoke with TC briefly, although I think I creeped him out a little by overselling my IJB fandom. I also wanted to buy a beer for Jess after her tough loss, but she had already gone when I got back, so it became just another for me. Oh well. Overall, great night, great fights, and a great time appeared to be had by all. This was my first time going to a Ticket event and it was a great experience.

birq said...

Previous 2 Anonymi, I don't think anyone was saying that TC should be permanent. With my comment, I was just trying to imply that TC isn't a bad temporary addition. Whether or not he should be a permanent fixture somewhere remains to be seen.

Anonymous said...

TC's a good strong.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I definitely think TC should get more airtime in Bob's absence. Cat hates TC though, so I doubt it will happen.

Concerned Parent said...

Yeah, never said anything about TC being a focal point or a full time host. Just that I hope he gets more airtime in Bob's absence. I'm sure he will. He gives Dan great ammunition among other things.